This section is devoted to scholarly essays on illustration – including articles on individual illustrators, the history of illustration, and illustration collections and important movements in history.

Camille Clifford: The ‘Gibson Girl’ Promise Fulfilled

Camille Clifford: The 'Gibson Girl' Promise Fulfilled by Skylar Smith, Fellow, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Rotary Photo, “Miss Camille Clifford,” London, UK.   Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944) was one of the most prominent American illustrators at the turn of the century.[1] Much of his success was due to his creation of the “Gibson

By |2019-09-10T12:53:39-04:00September 10th, 2019|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Jean Cunningham – a Biography

Jean Cunningham - A Short Biography by Sarah Goethe-Jones, Fellow, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Jean Marie Ratley was born in Lumberton, North Carolina on February 7, 1931 to parents Eli Raeford Ratley and Minnie Harcum Ratley. Her brother Emmett was eighteen years her elder, and her younger sister, Joyce Carole, was

By |2018-12-05T11:27:15-05:00December 4th, 2018|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Making Meaning of Illustration

Making Meaning of Illustration By Michele Bogart, Ph.D. American illustration is an exciting and popular field with tremendous cultural significance, yet paradoxically, one with an image problem. “Illustration,” defined broadly, lacks the centrality and heuristic coherence that the related field of fine art painting has. Partly because of this fact, the endeavor

By |2018-10-23T16:18:16-04:00October 8th, 2018|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Thoughts on Illustration from the Rockwell Center Society of Fellows

Thoughts on Illustration from the Rockwell Center Society of Fellows A Blog Series Introduction Featured weekly in this month, a series of blog posts by Rockwell Center Society of Fellows scholars offer insights into illustration from vantage points meaningful within the diverse scope of their academic interests. Rockwell Society of Fellows, left to

By |2019-01-24T16:38:24-05:00October 1st, 2018|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Children’s Book Illustrators and the Golden Age of Illustration

A common misconception is the idea that the Victorians invented childhood. Though there were obviously children running around and playing for innumerable generations before the 19th century, the concept of “childhood” was nowhere near as prevalent or as closely observed as it was by the Victorians. Children throughout history were often participating members of the household, assisting with daily chores which were commonly more labor intensive than making the bed or loading the dishwasher, in comparison with today.

By |2018-06-29T09:20:05-04:00June 29th, 2018|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Everyman, Meet Somebody: Characterization and Melodrama in Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms”

Everyman, Meet Somebody: Characterization and Melodrama in Rockwell's Four Freedoms Despite pretensions to eternity, we know that art is fixed in time, rooted to the moment of its creation and distribution. The historical exigencies that led to the creation of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms suite are well known.

By |2018-03-30T15:33:51-04:00March 29th, 2018|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

New Collections Acquisition – Bascove: Literary Wonders

Norman Rockwell Museum was fortunate this year to acquire, by generous donation, a comprehensive and significant collection of more than 500 original artworks by master printmaker, illustrator, painter, and collagist, Bascove. Inspired by the written word throughout her life, she has been a preeminent designer of book jackets that have engaged readers with the writings

By |2019-08-30T16:52:51-04:00August 28th, 2017|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

A Night at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Fred Seibert

Contributed by: Marisa Losciale
Fred Seibert is a name that may not be automatically recognized (although it should), but the companies Seibert has worked for and the projects he has approved are well-known by people of all ages, all over the world. The PowerPuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken and Adventure Time are a few of the many iconic cartoons green-lit by Seibert. On the evening of March 11, Seibert held an interview and Q&A at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts discussing his career and how he got to be such a success.

By |2017-04-08T13:17:53-04:00April 8th, 2017|Essays on Illustration, Student Research|0 Comments

Presidents, Politics, & the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast

Known as the “Journal of Civilization,” Harper’s Weekly was an American political magazine published in New York from 1857-1916. The magazine was hugely popular thanks to its extensive use of illustrations and its broad editorial content. By the end of 1861, Harper’s had a circulation of 120,000, and was one of the leading magazines of

By |2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00October 3rd, 2016|Essays on Illustration, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fashion Illustration: The Evolution of Style

Fashion Illustration: The Evolution of Style By Jackie Zhu Fashion illustration has always engaged audiences, originally serving a promotional role for fashion magazines, clothing designers, and department stores which sold their wares. This style of illustration is usually exaggerated to express and elevate the elegance and glamour of luxury life, but not too far from

By |2016-11-14T10:19:04-05:00January 16th, 2015|Essays on Illustration|0 Comments

Norman Rockwell Museum



Norman Rockwell Museum is Open 7 days a week year-round

May – October and holidays:

open daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (July/August 2015)
Rockwell’s Studio open May through October.

November – April: open daily:

Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Closings:

The Museum is Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day





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Seniors (65+): $17.00
College students with ID: $10.00
Children/teens 6 — 18: $6.00
Children 5 and under: FREE

Official Museum Website





Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

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